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Self leveling bedliner material

This could go either way interior or exterior, I've got a 64 Chevy Van that I'm trying to think of a fairly durable self leveling material such as bedliner material or exopy or actually that's why I'm asking here, something I can pour to fill the corregations similar to a pick-up bed except the interior on the van floor. It would have to be about 3/8-1/2" thick. I realize I'd have to build a perimeter dam till it cures, Weight isn't too much of an issue the thing doesn't weigh very much and I'm dropping in a SBC so it might help get some traction. I'm looking to make the floor flat for finshing the interior with something but more so to deaden the sound. I thought about the epoxy garage floor coatings but I thought it either wouldn't cure or it would crack. Thanks for any insight. Eric

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I like the Drraliner idea, but I don't think it would completely self level to the degree of 1/2"...
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You might have to do it in coats. And you could tack weld a metal strip for a dam at the ends of the corrigations.

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The bed thing?????

I dunno......maybe the bedliner stuff will work if you make all the dam stuff, and do several coats........but it's not the way I would do it.
Back in the late 60's and early 70's when the "Van Craze" was in full swing we did a LOT of custom vans.
Usually we just put down a thin layer of sound deadening material (and sometimes not) and then screwed plywood to the floor and then covered it with carpet.
If you use the kind of plywood they use for house floors it is kinda tongue and grove that locks together at the seams, and it is often treated so the moisture thing is taken care of.
Then you roll the carpet over the edges or use a threshold strip just like the stairs in a house.
This also gives you some sort of base for mounting (screws/bolts) other goodies to.
You could even lay in luan wood strips in the valleys (glue them) the some cement board, and lay tile on the top. That'll get heavy but you could be very creative with it.
OR>>>>>>>lay in the luan strips, and then just use some of this new floating hardwood floor products that are out now.
The possibilities ARE ENDLESS!
A lot of us went the Van route because we had kids and Wives, and could not afford to go the horsepower route.
It gave us a way to play seudo hot rodder/project builder..PLUS haul the kids and the Wife!
The bonus was you had someplace to sleep it off after the partY!!!!!!!!!!!
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And another thing

You SAY that weight is not an issue.......and you are adding a small block.
Just wondered if you have ever driven this van?
Not trying to be a samrt ***........but these creatures had a straight axle, and leaf springs as I recal..........the motor was nearly IN FRONT of the axle, and the weight distribution was VERY weird.
To say the least the handling in them was Squirrely as HELL!!!!!!!!! They would swap ends in a heartbeat!!!!!!
Adding the larger motor made it worse.
I knew several guys that went the mid engine mount route. It put the weight of the engine right in the middle.....ran a very short drive shaft......and most of the ones I know could pull the front wheels if you could get the wheels to hook was FUN!!!!!!!!
I knew one guy who built a clear dog house to cover the engine so you could see it!
Other just made a new dog house, and put a table on the top with some nice holders for your beer.
A word of'll probably need to beef up the springs and shocks, and make sure the front brakes work really well because the rear ones will be worthless when the weight shifts!!!!!
The other thing is...........pulling the wheels off the ground will almost always spill your beer.
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Thanks for the info, I had one of these when I was 16 now I'm 50 and it's just a toy. I did put on disc brakes,sway bar and enlarged the doghouse installed a t350 trans. I'm trying to get the rest of the work done before I put in the V8. The rear end is so light now even with the 6 it spins the tires for 1/2 a block with any moisture on the ground. Anyway I was thinking that there may be something a little more hi-tech after all these years. I read through the Homemade Lizard skin thread, Not that this is going to really haul anything but I didn't know about the durability of even being walked on.Sounds like it deadens the noise though. Thanks for you help, this is my poor mans version of a street rod/ toy. Thanks, Eric
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